A Family Adventure


Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

First time at Russell Crag

May 21, 2022
Emilie Phillips

Isaac and I went rock climbing this weekend with the Sallade family. They live up north in the White Mountains and are active in the climbing community. Sarah took us to Russell Crag, a newly developed set of cliffs on Tripoli Road. The fact that it is newly developed gave me some pause. On the […]

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Past history

Emilie Phillips

We didn’t do anything blog worthy this past weekend. However, I have a backlog of notes about old trips. So for this week, I wrote up last hike on our 2019 trip to Utah and Idaho: Indian Creek and Grays Peak

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Indian Creek and Grays Peak

June 18, 2019
Emilie Phillips

This is the 11th day of our flying tour to Utah and Idaho. Between the guidebooks we borrowed from the Johnson Creek caretakers and advice from other pilots, we had plenty of possible hiking destinations. Most were too short, a mile or less, or too long, a three plus day backpacking trip. The only feasible […]

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Apple Orchard Falls

April 28, 2022
Emilie Phillips

We saw an amazing diversity of things on our hike down to Apple Orchard Falls. I saw all the spring ephemerals I used to look for every spring on the Blue Ridge. My mom knew the most plants, but each of us contributed. And we saw a few interesting non-vegetative things. The flowers Trillium Dutchman’s […]

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Trillium at Thunder Ridge Overlook

April 27, 2022
Emilie Phillips

Once again our hike route was influenced by my parents’ maintenance duties. First, we met the regular Wednesday maintenance crew so my mom could hand out a stack of water source signs and instructions, and my dad could hand out a volunteer recognition award. Then, to make up for missing the trillium the previous day, […]

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Posting signs on The Priest

April 25, 2022
Emilie Phillips

Monday, we needed to hike The Priest so my parents could post signs closing the privy. The hike up past Crabtree falls to the summit is scenic, but it is the toughest hill climb around — 3,000 feet up in 3.5 miles. We weren’t ready for that sort of climb. We opted to drive up […]

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A pilot’s intro to soaring

April 23, 2022
Emilie Phillips

I went into my second day of gliding with my usual attitude. I wanted to ace it, and I wanted to learn as much as I could. There was learning to preflight gliders, get the towing golf carts out of storage, manage batteries, the sign up sheets. Then there was flying the glider, the tow, […]

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Emilie Sterling Day 1

April 17, 2022
Emilie Phillips

I finally got off the wait list to join GBSC (the Greater Boston Soaring Club). Tyson and I put our names down last spring. Despite signing up the line after me, Tyson is still on the wait list. Saturday was rainy, and I had other commitments. So Sunday was my first day. Down here, Sunday […]

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